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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:14 pm 

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Well done to all 11+ achievers!

I need some advice, my son was hoping to get into CRGS but with his 11+ score (326+) I don't think this will be possibility. However he could be still in chance as o/c in westcliff/southend school, do you think it will be worth a hike from Colchester to Westcliff/Southend each day.
It is around 1 hour by car or 1 change at Shenfield by train which will be around 2 hours door to door.
I don not see any option of school bus from Colchester area to other grammer school in Essex however there is plenty of option other way round.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:19 pm 

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No - it is not a sensible daily journey for anyone.

Either move or look closer to home.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:40 pm 

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I really wouldn't follow up on this option. It's a very long journey and any advantage their might be would be outweighed by the exhausting commute and being isolated from friends.
Do you have a reasonable local back up?

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:52 pm 

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:42 pm
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Location: Chelmsford and pleased
Move to within catchment and you have almost guaranteed entry to the Southend schools.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:18 pm 

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
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Location: Essex
Please don't do it.

Any advantage you think that he will gain by attending a grammar school, any grammar school, will be far outweighed by the stress and time spent travelling forty miles each way every day, five days a week, mine months of the year. Travelling with the dominant flow of traffic on the A12 / A130 / A127 / local roads around the school, at the time of day that he will need to in order to get there on time every day - an hour from Colchester to WHSB or SHSB for an 8.30 start? Seriously?

By train, by the time you have factored in the change at Shenfield and the walk from the station at this end, SHSB would be a better bet than Westcliff, as PrIttlewell station is on the same line as Shenfield. To get to Westcliff, you would have to catch a bus from Southend Victoria, or from Rayleigh - and that option involves a walk up from the bus stop on top.

Much as we like SHSB, I wouldn't even have considered it an option if we lived forty miles away instead of two.

There are some nice houses on the market in the area at the moment, though, if you really, really want your DS to come to school in the Borough of Southend on Sea. I think you have until sometime in early January to move, in order to be classed as in catchment.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:27 pm 

Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2015 8:09 am
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Don't do it. It's a pig of a commute and he'll be going with traffic. It's not fair on an 11 year old.

Perhaps consider reapplying for sixth form?

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